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'Shameless' with William H. Macy wraps up season as Showtime's No. 3 series

March 28, 2011 |  1:34 pm

Shameless "Shameless" acquitted itself honorably in its Sunday season finale. Showtime's dark family series starring William H. Macy delivered 1.2 million total viewers, according to the Nielsen Co.

That's Showtime's biggest Season 1 closer since "Queer as Folk" in 2001. The 10 p.m. finale also marked the best-ever numbers for "Shameless," which premiered to 982,000 viewers. 

"Shameless" is now Showtime's No. 3 series, behind "Dexter" and "Weeds."

Meanwhile, the Season 4 finale of "Californication" at 9 p.m. drew 547,000 viewers. The dark comedy starring David Duchovny as an oversexed writer was down 7% for the season, but last year it was paired with "Dexter," the cable outlet's No. 1 show.

Show Trackers, what do you think of Macy and "Shameless"?

-- Scott Collins / @scottcollinsLAT

Photo: William H. Macy in "Shameless." Credit: Showtime